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World Wide Web Publishing Service (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: W3SVC

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k iissvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: World Wide Web Publishing Service provides Web connectivity and administration through IIS Manager.

World Wide Web Publishing Service provides HTTP services for applications on the Windows platform. The service contains a process manager and a configuration manager. The process manager controls the processes in which custom applications and simple Web sites reside. The configuration manager reads the stored system configuration and ensures that Windows is configured to route HTTP requests to the appropriate application pools or operating system processes.

This service can monitor the processes in which custom applications reside and provide recycling services for these applications. Recycling is a configuration property of an application pool and can be done on the basis of memory limits, request limits, processing time, or time of day. The service will queue HTTP requests if custom applications stop responding, and will also attempt to restart custom applications.

The service depends on IIS Admin Service and kernel TCP/IP support.

In Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, IIS was installed by default. This has changed on Windows Server 2003: IIS is installed by default only on Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

If this service is stopped or disabled, the Windows Server 2003 operating system will not be able to serve Web pages or any form of Web request.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition

Installed through: By default on Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

In Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; and Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Server Edition, use the Configure Your Server Wizard, or go to Add/Remove Windows Components, Application Server, Internet Information Services (IIS), and World Wide Web Service.

Startup type: Automatic

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components:


IIS Admin Service

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Security Accounts Manager

The following system components depend on this service:


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